downtown oakland
Downtown Oakland circa 1910

Reading up on the DTO

December 20, 2008

There’s no shortage of education material online about the center of the East Bay. This week’s highlights:

City Homestead presents a fascinating history of Oakland’s district and neighborhood names. Before the coming of the freeway, downtown extended to Market Street to the West and 27th to the North. Also, it seems that Broadway Auto Row has been called that since 1913.

Tobedeus points out the need for improved transit downtown, and proposes a downtown nightlife-serving bus with unique branding.

Becks takes photos showing the contrast between potential and reality that both inspires and frustrates Oaklanders: beautiful buildings marred with graffiti, and thriving streets littered with refuse. Also, apparently downtown’s councilmember is uninterested in preventing public urination and defecation.

Some restaurant / nightlife news: Trendily-named steam table on 14th, frozen yogurt coming to City Center, a secret bar in Old Oakland, and an Atlanta celebrity chef is moving to Uptown. No boobs, though.

If you click only one link today, make it this one: a 1948 video about pedestrian safety in Oakland. It’s amusing to recall a time when cars were new, intersections were uncontrolled, and people had little driving experience. Perhaps that’s more frightening than amusing.


1 Jessica { 12.21.08 at 4:13 pm }

Is this rumored froyo a Pinkberry?

2 ragaskar { 12.23.08 at 5:59 pm }

there looks like there’s something called Yogurt-A-Go-Go coming in on Webster & 12th too. I’m kinda hoping it is not a tart yogurt place, as there’s already a couple shops that do that in Chinatown (quickly’s, for one).

3 Daniel { 12.26.08 at 6:49 pm }

Love your blog. It is so great to read about all the cool stuff happening in Oakland.

Check this out. Streetcars in Oakland would be the greatest.

4 dto510 { 01.02.09 at 11:23 pm }

No, it’s a SoGreen. Tart froyo with fruit. They’re probably in no hurry to open, because it’s cold out!